Bringing local neural network power to Android via the GPU

Anyone who peruses a large enough number of scientific papers about research into Convolutional Neural Networks (CNNs) can almost feel the scientists’ collective frustration at having to offload data analysis to the cloud because the mobile devices in use are underpowered and underspecced. While the world seems set to shed desktop devices as ballast in the mobile age, the advance of small-form device capacities seems set to lag years behind the possibilities that ‘on-board’ CNN could add to the mobile space – both in the consumer and scientific sectors. When considering the possibilities of small form-factor drones, truly analytical local systems currently burdened with cloud lag, untethered VR and smartwatch applications, smart devices are currently just not smart enough. In the desktop and server space there already exists a mature…


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